The Kerala State Archives Department is soon launching a project under its Community Archives programme to trace Mahatma Gandhi memorabilia. The department plans to implement this programme in a three-fold system, one is to digitise the content and next initiate a conservation programme to preserve the document and finally to create a register of the finds so that they can be traced easily in future.
During Gandhiji’s visits to Kerala he has met many social reformers like Sree Narayana Guru and Ayyankali, planted trees and addressed gatherings, and interacted with school children. History unfolds that Gandhi had visited the State 5 times.
The Community Archives programme of Kerala State Archives Department started with the aim of identifying and preserving important historical records in the possession of individuals and non-government agencies. As part of this programme those who wish to donate manuscripts can do so. The Mahatma Gandhi project is also part of a larger movement by Government of Kerala to create awareness about Gandhi’s visits to Kerala.